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July 2011 Magazine Article

01 Jul

July 2011 “Turn away from the church” Perhaps the oddest line of the day – our daughter Emma was marrying Carl, and as we drove out of the Rectory gate, I reminded our driver that we were driving away from the church – so that Emma could arrive in the car as she wanted, photographs […]

June 2011 Magazine Article

24 May

June 2011 “Engage Smug Mode” Kryten is a mechanoid servant with very human characteristics in the comedy ‘Red Dwarf’When he was proved right – invariably – he would walk off with a huge smirk after ‘engaging smug mode’.I felt like joining him.We have some roll-up banners at church and one of them separated from the […]

May 2011 Magazine Article

01 May

May 2011 ‘I need a wee!’ A week spent in Scotland with Tom, Jen, Euan and Zach; great fun, but punctuated by Zach’s cry – he was in the midst of being potty trained, and although he could have frequently used it, he has not yet mastered the past tense – let the reader understand.We […]

April 2011 Magazine Article

01 Apr

April 2011 Aedan has been poorly – for just over the last week, he has been suffering from the ravages of chicken pox. For over a week, he has been cut off from all that he loves – outside contact with the world, his playgroup, his “mums & toddlers” groups, his grandparents, even just going […]

March 2011 Magazine Article

01 Mar

March 2011 “Grandma! … Grandma!” Euan and Zach arrived and wheeled right and left. Euan ran to Diane, and with the cry “Grandma”, wrapped his arms around Diane. He and his family were down for his 5th birthday; Diane had been feeling very pressured by work demands, and wasn’t sure she wanted a family weekend, […]

February 2011 Magazine Article

12 Feb

February 2011 “Cake?” … “Cake?” … “Cake?”As I waited downstairs to collect Aedan, Natalie and Mayaana for lunch and church, I could hear this plaintive, querulous cry, almost as Aedan descended each step. A firm invisible voice replied, “No cake!” Cake is one of his latest clear words – like all words at nearly two, […]

January 2011 Magazine Article

01 Jan

January 2011 “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people. . . to bring salvation to those waiting for him (Hebrews 9. 27-8) The Bible This was meant to be about a ‘coffee beans’ collector card. […]

March 2010 Magazine Article

01 Mar

David wrote, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. . . he leads me. . . ” (Psalm 23. 1-2) The Bible March 2010 Aedan can walk. He uses a slightly rolling gait, as if he’s spent a year at sea, but as he reached 1 year, he’s taken to walking. He’s not […]

January 2010 Magazine Article

01 Jan

Jesus said, “…every branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful..”  (John 15.2),  The Bible January 2010 Zac laughed. He has a deep chuckle, but its not always an innocent laugh… On this occasion he was shutting his cousin Aedan out of the playhouse.  When Euan and […]

December 2009 Magazine Article

01 Dec

Joseph learnt “…you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1.21), The Bible December 2009 “Emma!” Diane’s voice was decisive. I was holding our new little daughter after a – well, different – birth, and I had just asked Diane for the baby’s name.  I […]